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across the bay area. doesn't matter whether you're in the north bay, southy,ba eastb way or peninsula, everyone's feeling the impact. right now, unstable cold air that we are still monitoring te possibility of isolate thunderstorms. on the radar, a few spotty showers. as we zoom into the south bay, notice those areas of pink. that's around mt. hamilton. we are talking about low snow levels down to etfe2500 feet. that has already produced some snowfall at mt.25 hamilton and t only the rain and wind that topped 70 miles per hour, but look at this. temperatures in the 40s right now. and just 47 in livermore with this cold blast of air. here are some highlights once again. winds that topped 65 miles per hour in the past 72 hours.
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pea-sized hail ithe peninsula, also in the south bay for san josend oakland. and snow going down to about 2500 feet. we will have detailsjo coming u in minutes on a third storm coming our way. >> all right. thank you, jeff. tonight, the light rs out for thoughs of people across the bay area. here's a look tat the current blackouts. people on the peninsula, north bay and south bay are in the dark. >> at its peak, and 6,000 customers in contra costa county. in walnut creek, around 900 people are without power. this bad weather is causing a lot of problems throughout the east bay, but some people are welcoming it. >> well, i woke up this morning about 3:00 to a very loud crashing sound. >> reporter: in the early morning darkness, a crash then a
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flash of red in the oakland hills. >> a tree had fallen on my car in the garage and knocked the powerlines down and there was powerline down in the street. it was giving out a lot of -- a flame, that was lighting up the whole neighborhood. >> reporter: from strong winds and heavy rain, this tree toppled over on skyline boulevard, barely missing his home. instead, it landed on his car. >> this is my car. the tree fell on that side and cracked the window here. >> reporter: the high winds whipped around oakland hills at its peak causing more than 6,000 pyongyang pyongyang customers to go without power. but the weather is a blessing for companies like ponderosa tree service. >> it will probably be a good week, not just day. >> reporter: foreman says they've gotten dozens of calls from worried homeowners. what can people do? >> maintain your trees.
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if it looks like it's overgrown, heavy, leaning towards your house, you don't want to deal with it at midnight when it blows down and hits your house and you get a new skylight. >> and they have been working throughout the day to restore power here. around 50 people still remain in the dark. >> thank you. and this storm in the bay area is leading to significant snowfall in the sierra of course. and now to a developing story and it is stunning news out of the east bay tonight where two men in law enforcement, one of them a police commander, are behind bars and accused of drugging. jodi hernandez has more on the charges and how the community is reacting tonight. >> both men are being held here
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at the contra costa county jail facing multiple drug charge counts. now, norman walsh, a 12-year veteran of the bureau of narcotic enforcement, and christopher butler were arrested this morning on charges of the distribution of meth amphetamine, marijuana and steroids. they got a tip last month prompting the investigation. sources tell the nbc bay area that welsh is accused of taking drugs out of his bureau's evidence locker. both men have been highlighted in the media as appearing in past news stories. butler's private eye business has even gotten him national attention, giving him spots on the "today" show and the dr. phil show. i had a chance to talk to several people who know both men
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who say they are flabbergasted by the arrest. they were both antioch police officers together years ago. people are having a hard time believing this. they say they are well respected in the community. now, the department of justice says their investigation continues tonight. search warrants are being served and this district attorney says he has until friday to decide whether or not he'll file charges. >> thank you. new tonight at 5:00, california's supreme court today decided it will step into the battle over gay marriages. the judges agree to consider whether the sponsors of prop-8 have a legal standing to defend it in court. the answer to that question could decide whether california continues to enforce the ban. the state supreme court originally upheld the 2008 law that bans gay marriage, but then last august, a federal judge struck it down. supporters of the ban appealed,
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but there were legal questions on whether they had the right to make that appeal. so today, the state supreme court announced it will decide the answer to that question, but it might not come until september. so many call the president the most powerful person in the world and tomorrow, he's scheduled to meet with the most powerful person in social networking. mark zuckerberg is among a group of leaders in the business and tech communities scheduled to meet with president obama tomorrow evening in san francisco. the white house says it will release the full list of bay area ceos meeting with the president tomorrow. mr. obama is scheduled to land at sfo around 6:00 tomorrow then take off by 9:00 a.m. friday morning. oakland schools are bracing for hundreds of layoffs affecting teachers, principals and staff. an open letter was posted on the district's website warning of disrupted days ahead.
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he cites uncertain funding levels next year, which will be more in question. under state law, school districts must warn teachers and staff by march 15th if there is a possibility they may not have a job in the fall. ordinarily, not everyone who receives a notice actually losing his or her position. a former airline employee who worked at san jose international airport is accused of using customer's credit card numbers to steal nearly half a million dollars. the 49-year-old faces 66 counts including felony grand theft, possession of stolen property and identity theft. prosecutors allege that while she worked as an agent for american airlines, johnson spent three years skimming credit card numbers to purchase gift cards. she say she converted them to cash by using them to buy
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electronics, which she sold on ebay. an east bay student has been arrested after police say he told a school councillor he planned to kill a teacher. he said he was angry because he believed the teacher had t embarrassed him in class. the boy then stopped talking about walked off campus. a school resource officer arrested the student a few blocks away. a search of the boy's belongings came up with a notebook unveiling a plan to kill that featurer. coming up, is an ingredient in some of our favorite sodas causing cancer? also, a surprising admission today involving massachusetts senator scott brown. what he says happened to him during his childhood. and the final chapter for several popular stores. and i'm jeff ranier we're continuing to track this windy winter blast across the
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entire state of california. not only the rain and wind, but the cold temperatures. only 40s for daytimes highs for some of you today. we'll talk about more thunderstorms and more rain coming back into the mix for tomorrow in just a few minutes. great job! great check-up! ♪ i'll see you next time. ♪ ok. [ dr. ashley ] my patients also love to know they did a great job caring for their teeth. that's why i recommend a rinse like crest pro-health complete with fluoride. it helps you get a better dental check-up. crest rinse makes the difference. in fact, it provides all these benefits. giving you a clean, healthy mouth. a more complete way to a better dental check-up. ahh. [ dr. ashley ] new crest pro-health complete rinse.
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topping our business and tech headlines, borders books the bookstore is declaring bankruptcy and closinging 200 stores. 11 here in the bay area. all the stores are superstores. we're told the 40-year-old company has been losing about $2 million a week at the stores its
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closing. the stores will be holding sales this weekend. people who walk dogs for a living in san francisco may have to get a permit to talk a walk in the park. san francisco's supervisor scott weiner is voting the idea just as federal officials are proposing tightening leash laws. many dog advocates are behind the law. they say regulating dog walkers will help make sure dogs are kept under control. the san francisco parks department is also considering a similar program to bring in extra revenue. scott brown is revealing some secrets from his past. the 51-year-old republican told 60 minutes he was sexually abused by a camp counselor as a boy but kept quiet because the counselor threatened to kill him. he made headlines when elected to the seat held by edward kennedy.
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he describes the details of the attack in his upcoming book. cbs correspondent lara logan is out of the hospital and recovering. she was working on a story when attacked last friday night by a mob in tahrir square. she was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted. a group of women and egyptian soldiers rescued her and took her to safety. today, egypt's health minister ' revealed that at least 365 civilians died in the 18 days of antigovernment protests in cairo. he said the count is preliminary and does not include police or prisoners. tonight on nbc nightly news, more on the spread of pro tests across the middle east and an exclusive look inside the facility where gabrielle giffords is urpdgoing
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rehabilitati rehabilitation. the latest storm creating whiteout conditions at times. mike joins us on i-80 with the latest. mike, it's miserable, but beautiful at the same time, i'm supposing. >> right now, finally getting a break. look at the snow that is falling. look at how light and fluffy that stuff is. the bad news, all this snow making driving conditions further up the hill down right treacherous. >> reporter: this is a look at the high winds and the heavy snow that is at times making driving extreme. >> it's a real one. >> reporter: watch this. this is video i shot while riding in the car. look how other cars on the road disappear. the conditions are so extreme up here the winds so strong and so much snow, that on highway 40 has been closed since yesterday
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evening. no chance of it reopening anytime soon. >> whiteout? yeah. >> reporter: these conditions leading to jackknifed big rigs and a multicar crashed. traffic actually stopped for an hour this afternoon. >> one track had jackknifed, then another one that was kind of jackknifed then another was stopped in the fast lean. i tried to get between him and the center divider. >> reporter: 60 to 80 mile per hour wind gusts forced some ski resorts to shut down. the third straight day they have been closed or shut down early due to this weather. >> it's the wind right now that's the problem, but it's going to die out soon and there's going to be nothing but a lot of fluffy powder out there. >> reporter: back here, the negative with that powder is this. the last couple of days, the storms have been so heavy and wet that underneath this, that is hard packed and a lot of cases, ice.
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many times today, my photographer and i fell like bad ice skaters. so travel today not so good, but by this president's day weekend with all this fresh powder, all of the resorts and businesses are hoping for lots of people because in the words of one resident, the condition should be quote unquote, epic. back to you. >> next time you fall down, i want that photographer rolling on it. >> i might go up there a lot more often if mike told me how bad things were. >> it's so beautiful up there. not so much around here at times today. jeff ranieri's standing by. >> we had a mix of everything. hail, isolated thunderstorms and extremely gusty winds this morning, too. we had the snow and mike up in the sierra, but we have some of our own bay area snow happening. yes, this is a frosted over lens from mt. hamilton. we could see two to four inches
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of snow above 3,000 feet as we head throughout the next 48 hours. so if you're traveling across the hill top, it's going to be slick. back here at home, let's look out towards oakland. clouds up to about 20 to 25,000 feet in some cases. a lot of lift in these clouds just indicating the instability. right now, just 51 in oakland. winds southwest at 17 miles per hour. it's not only for the bay area and the sierra, but the entire state, which is currently getting rainfall. it's very isolated. we're seeing like this popcorn effect on the map. that's all this instability that's creating these pockets of rainfall. so right now, we're not seeing too much in terms of widespread coverage for rainfall. but where we are getting the rain is coming down at a decent clip around san rafael and down in the south bay, we're tracking a little bit of rain. on highway 101, there's some
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rain for you at this point. meanwhile in the south bay, we have had that on again off again snowfall. we're looking at levels at about 2500 feet through the next two days making those roadways slick. it's also cold out here. look at these numbers. the current temperature is 48 in napa, 47 in livermore. 52 in san jose and temperatures in the mid-40s in novato. we were lucky if we had those numbers for -- seven or eight days ago here on the map. for thursday, we're tracking a new storm with rain, wind and low snow staying with us and winter's going to be staying with us. there's that new storm system. that's going to push to the south with this aggressive jet stream dropping all the way down to southern california. that's goin to drag in more cold air and rainfall as we head to thursday. going to stay mainly offshore,
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but will still bring rain at times and temperatures staying cold in the 50s and low snow staying with us through friday. as we head into the morning hours, scattered rainfall as we head to thursday morning from the north bay to the south bay and the midday, more consistent rainfall and here is what you can expect for the noon hour chance of rain, isolated thunderstorms and throughout the p.m. hours, more rain and wind and also that dangerous surf continuing to kick up. for tomorrow, it's going to be similar in terms of those temperatures with upper 40s and low 50s on the map. little below average for this time of the year as we take you throughout the peninsula. san francisco, 53 and as we head up into orinda, 50, napa, 49. sonoma valley, cold pockets of air there. just 50 in santa rosa.
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on your seven-day, we keep a chance of rain in it. heavier rain monday and tuesday. we've waited long enough and as i've been saying, it's here. it's winter. >> it is and we're paying for it. >> driving home. so windy, it's crazy. thank you, jeff. one of the top spots for a little historic get away is just a little drive north. the national trust unveiled its list and sonoma made the list. the group picked the town for its laid back vibe and small town am biance. the list is made up of places with commitment to historic preservation. the only other california town that made the list, eureka for its rich victorian heritage. and still ahead at 5:00, governor brown makes it official. the etching valentine's day
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decision. all right. also, researchers say men who lose their hair at a young age may be at increased risk for a typical type of cancer. and could something added to many sodas lead to health problems? the new calls to ban it when we come back.
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topping our health watch, a watchdog group is calling for a chemical found in many sodas like colas. they say the dark coloring in many sodas in many sodas could cause cancer. perhaps even death. the center for science and the public interest says any risk for cancer is too much. the artificial proun coloring is made by sugars reacting with ammonia resulting in kars ginnic chemicals. they say they serve no function other than a cosmetic one. the fda is assessing the risks and will decide if regulation is
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needed. men who start losing their hair in their early 20s could be at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. they surveyed men healthy and the disease and found those with prostate cancer are found to have had a reseeding hairline. they also say it does not mean that all men who lose their hair early on will develop cancer. the findings suggest that those who develop baldness early could benefit from early screening. zblncht a group of villagers are sheddinging new light on how to detect cancer. some 200 of these are dwarfs. doctors from usc who studied them for 22 years say they almost never developed beets
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diabetes or cancer. well, we will be back with theth newest addition to govern swrerry brown's panel.
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